Marianne Moore




We are eager to post announcements of all international, English-language conferences generated by both writing and academic communities -- when those events pertain to modernist studies and contemporary innovate poetries & scholarship, particularly when focused on the works of twentieth century women authors. This section will be continuously UPDATED between the September and February issues. Please send Call for Papers, dates, location, website information -- with plenty of lead time -- to Mg. Editor Jo Ann Wasserman <>



Jacket can be found at:

Send inquiries/abstracts to: Linda Russo<>

Deadline March 15, 2000

The issue, which also features Philip Whalen, is concerned with drawing attention to the poetic work of Kyger which is in danger of falling the way of much writing by women of her generation—either relegated to the margins of literary history or collapsed into the broad, phallocentric, and in this case ill-fitting, category of "woman Beat writer." In Kyger's case this is especially questionable, since, as a member of the Spicer-Duncan circles of the San Francisco Renaissance, she became immersed in a small press scene that brought her work to print in an era when few women were published, and out of which even fewer have continued to sustain lives of poetic inquiry.





April 13-15, 2000
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, IN

In the attempts to construct expansive theories of Modernism, the avant-garde has sometimes been characterized as either purely concerned with aesthetics--some Modernist theorists have convicted it for being experimental for experimentation's sake--OR as void of aesthetic content and only concerned with political ramifications--certain dismissals of Duchamp's work, for example, are animated by charges of being merely anti-art (in a bad sense). We are looking for papers which negotiate between politics and aesthetics to provide a more nuanced investigation of the role of the avant-garde in Modernist re-evaluations. While our focus will be the "historical" avant-garde movements indigenous to Modernism (Italian and Russian Futurism, Dada, Imagism, Vorticism, Négritude, and Surrealism), we encourage investigations which explode these boundaries, not only between "schools" but also between the modern/post-modern divide. We are also encouraged by a recent spate of scholarship on women in the avant-garde, and welcome not only explorations of this region but also examinations of race, class, and sexual orientation.

Keynote Speakers:
Martin Jay
Marjorie Perloff
Susan Rubin Suleiman
Krzysztof Ziarek

with responses from:
Gerald Bruns
Fred Dallmayr

Erich Hertz and James Hansen
Department of English
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


:An Interdisciplinary Conference on Writing in the Academy
September 29-October 1, 2000
University of Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa

CRAFT, CRITIQUE, CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference which aims to explore the divisions between craft and critique in academic institutions. Where and when are these divisions justified and useful, and when are they specious and harmful? How and where can they be broken down, and where should they be preserved? How do they function to construct both powerful positions and limited horizons? How should we understand and negotiate this divide, and how do we communicate across it? And finally, what is the role of craft and critique in relation to culture? What is the future of aesthetic analysis and production in the field of cultural studies? The goal of this conference is to provide a space to discuss and debate these questions. This conference invites scholars from a range of disciplines, including poets, writers, literary critics, teachers, non-fiction essayists, theorists, culturalists, art historians, as well as visual and performing artists. We welcome completed papers (15 page maximum), abstracts (200 words or less), or panel proposals which explore the complex and agonistic relationships between craft and critique. We also encourage brief proposals for performative and interactive panels that exceed or evade the familiar academic structures--including, but not limited to, dramatic or visual presentations, readings of original works of prose or poetry, interactive investigations, and short analyses related to the topics of the conference. In addition to these presentations, we will host a series of round-table discussions between professors, artists, and graduate students to investigate the way artists and critics communicate, collaborate, and coexist within the university; as well as the way artists read critics, the way critics read artists, and the ways in which we might more productively read one another. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* The role of aesthetic analysis in contemporary criticism and cultural studies
* Examining the craft, style, and performative aspects of critical theory
* Historicizing the poet-critic divide
* Critics representations of writers / writers characterizations of critics
* Parallel discourses in English departments and creative writing workshops
* Academic publishing: bridging academic and popular audiences
* The writer as genius versus the writer as assemblage
* Writing and identity * The pleasure of reading (in the academy?)
* Pedagogical issues: the role of aesthetic appreciation in the classroom

Selected papers will be published in the Iowa Review. Please submit papers, abstracts, or proposals by JUNE 15, 2000 to:
David Banash and Anthony Enns
Department of English
308 English-Philosophy Bldg.
University of Iowa I
owa City, IA 52242-1492

Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Erika Lin:


American Literature Association Annual Conference

Dates: May 25-28, 2000

Location: Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

Conference Director: Jeanne Reesman, University fo Texas at San Antonio

Conference Fee: $50 ($10 for Grad Students, Independent Scholars and Retired Faculty)

Deadline for Proposals: January 30, 2000.

Address for Papers and Proposals:
Jeanne Reesman Dean of Graduate Studies
Univ. of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 78249-0603
Fax: (210) 458-4332
Email: <>
ALA Website:


Special issue of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Critical essays on Barbara Guest are sought for a special issue of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. This volume will focus on the importance of Barbara Guest's contribution to literary and interdisciplinary arts. Essays which situate Guest in the literary and historical context in which she writes are preferred over close readings. Editor is also interested in essays which discuss Guest's collaborative work with visual artists, relationship to the New York School, and those which examine her influence on recent poetry.

Send essays via mail by 1 June 2000 to:

Catherine Kasper
Division of English, Classics, Philosophy and Communication
University of Texas at San Antonio
6900 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, Texas 78249-0643.

Inquiries: 210-458-7722 (



*********** FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS************

The 10th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf:


The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
June 8-11, 2000

VIRGINIA WOOLF OUT OF BOUNDS will highlight the range of work on Woolf that crosses regional, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries of all kinds.As the inaugural conference of the millennium VIRGINIA WOOLF OUT OF BOUNDS will address the future of Woolf study, especially as an opportunity for new intellectual exchanges and mixtures. The conference will also feature original art, music, and performance inspired by Woolf.

Jessica Berman
English Department -- UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
fax: 410-455-1030

UMBC is located 10 minutes from downtown Baltimore in the Baltimore -Washington Corridor and affords easy access to Baltimore's inner harbor and to Washington D. C. It is easily reached via Amtrak, air (into BWI airport) and car. The suburban campus is wheel-chair accessible.


*** Call for Papers ***

The Opening of the Field: A Conference on North American Poetry in the 1960s

Orono, Maine
June 28-July 2, 2000

The National Poetry Foundation invites paper and panel proposals for a conference on North American poetry of the 1960s. Proposals are welcome on writers of previous generations whose literary careers extended into the 1960s, such as Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, Robert Lowell, Charles Olson, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Lorine Niedecker, etc.; on poets or literary movements that climaxed in the 1960s, including the Beat, Black Mountain, San Francisco Renaissance and New York schools; on women poets and poets of color, who achieved a broader visibility during this decade; and on new literary moments that began to define themselves in this period, such as the ethnopoetic movement and language-centered writing. Papers are also invited on the general cultural background of the period, including such themes as the tensions between the "academic" poetry and various attempts to bring poetry into the lives of people "in the streets"; the relationship of poetry and popular culture, including rock music; and the role of poetry in the anti-war movement. As the title of the conference suggests, we invite proposals on Canadian as well as on American poetry in the 1960s.

The conference will begin on Wednesday evening, June 28, and will conclude shortly after noon on Sunday, July 2. Accomodations will be available at a reasonable rate in university residence halls. Registration will be $85, with a reduced rate of $60 for graduate students.

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS, as of December 1, 1999, include Marjorie Perloff, Michael Davidson, Frank Davey, Lorenzo Thomas, Rosmarie Waldrop, Keith Waldrop, Kathleen Fraser, Lynn Keller, Peter Middleton, Ron Silliman, Marie Damon, George Bowering, Barrett Watten, Aldon Nielsen, Joan Retallack, Michael Heller, Jane Augustine and Theodore Enslin.

Send one-page abstracts befgore February 1, 2000, to:

Burton Hatlen, Director
National Poetry Foundation
Room 304, 5752 Neville Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5752


The Modernist Studies Association

"New Modernisms II"
12-15 October 2000
The University of Pennsylvania


"A return to modernism at the end of the millennium is not a farewell but a new beginning."
Susan Stanford Friedman

In its 1999 inaugural conference, described by The Chronicle of Higher Education as "giving new life for modernism," the Modernist Studies Association created a forum wherein scholars, poets, musicians and artists could contribute to this ongoing revitalization. Modernist studies is reemerging as a dynamic and complex field, hospitable to interdisciplinary, international and multicultural approaches and energized by recent work in race, class, gender and sexuality. "New Modernisms II" convenes at the University of Pennsylvania, and will incorporate the urban diversity of Philadelphia. Our plenary sessions will emphasize the arts, and performance, but our call for panel and seminar proposals remains open.

Proposal guidelines are available on the MSA website:

The MSA homepage can be visisted at:

Queries about seminar and panel proposals may be directed to:
Cassandra Laity: or Michael Coyle:

Completed proposals should be submitted to:
Professor Bob Perelman
Department of English
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104



June 30- July 1st 2000
University of Salford

[ A joint conference with Manchester Metropolitan University in association with new formations and P.N. Review]

This conference will investigate the role and status of poetry and poetics as we enter a new century. Numerous aspects of contemporary poetry and poetics will be considered; debate and argument will be encouraged.

Plenary speakers include:

Geoffrey Hill (Boston University)
John Kinsella (Cambridge University)
Stan Smith (Nottingham Trent University)


Antony Rowland (Salford University)
Jeffrey Wainright (Manchester Metropolitan University)

The deadline for abstracts (500 word max) is March 31st 2000

Enquiries to:

Wendy Dodgson (Conference Administrator),
Antony Rowland, English, ESPaCH, University of Salford, SALFORD




The e-zine Moria welcomes submissions for a soon to be added section on poetic theory. Theory submissions should deal with current issues in contemporary poetics, especially with issues relating to the language school and its inheritors. The essays do not need to follow any traditional notions of composition for academic essays. Submissions must be sent via e-mail to or to

big allis
Editors: Melanie Neilson & Deirdre Kovac

Issue 8 available now with new work by poets including: Heather Ramsdell, Juliana Spahr, Liz Waldner and many others. Special British and Irish feature. Guest editor: Fiona Templeton.

subscription inquiries:
     20 Douglass St.
     Brooklyn, NY 11231

a+bend press
editor Jill Stengel

3862 21st Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

(all titles 1999)

SAYING NO. 3 by Jenna Roper Harmon
a s f a r a s by Jen Hofer
Genealogy by Kathy Lou Schultz
22 by Katherine Spelling
Spelt by Susan Gevirtz and Myung Mi Kim
Eve Doe: Prior to Landscape by Elizabeth Treadwell
definite articles by Sarah Anne Cox
Waltzing the Map byStandard Schaefer
extraneous roses by Lisa Kovaleski
Room by Dana Teen Lomax


C h a i n

Since 1993, Chain has been publishing a yearly issue of work.

Each issue features the work of around seventy people and is about 250
pages long.

Chain started with publishing mainly poetry. Now we publish photographs, essays, operas, performance transcripts, plays, sculptures, paintings, and other forms. Chain also emphasizes work by new or emerging artists and collaborative and mixed genre work.

Each issue focuses on a topic. Past topics have included gender and editing, documentary, mixed media and hybrid genres, processes and procedures, and different languages. The topic allows Chain's editors to switch the editorial question that they ask of each piece of work submitted--from "Is this a great piece of art?" to "Does this piece of art tell us something about the topic that we didn't otherwise know?". This makes Chain a little rougher around the edges, a little less aesthetically predictable.

Editors: Jena Osman and Juliana Spahr

Em Press
Editor/Printer: Dale Going
Poetry Pamphlet Series, 16 page books
letterpress printed on Italian and French mould-made papers
in signed limited editions of 100-150.

Currrently available:
Unseen Stream, Jaime Robles, ISBN 1-889589-01-2
Even the Smallest Act, Denise Liddell Lawson, ISBN 1-889589-02-0
Bowl, Carol Snow ISBN 1-889589-03-9

Due this Spring:
&O, Dale Going ISBN 1-889589-04-7
Human Forest, Denise Newman ISBN 1-889589-05-5

Series subscribers receive each book at $10 per copy. Individual titles are
available without subscription at $15. Subscription requests and single book requests:

Em Press
541 Ethel Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Ether Dome Press
Editors: Elizabeth Robinson and Colleen Lookingbill

Inquiries: c/o E. Robinson,
"A forum for new poetic voices." Goal: two chapbooks a year by women who have never published either a chapbook or a full-length collection. First book out, later this year: Brydie McPherson.

Kelsey St. Press: 25 years publishing women's innovative poetry

Kelsey St. Press publishes poetry by contemporary women writers that challenges traditional notions about form, content, and expression, and that offers readers insight into our diverse culture. In the mid-1980's Kelsey St. initiated a unique series of collaborations between visual artists and poets. Believing that poets and visual artists should talk to each other, the Press coordinates collaborations and then documents the results.Kelsey St. Press supports the work of innovative writers whose work has been disregarded by large, for-profit publishers. Just as New Directions championed early 20th century innovators Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams, Kelsey St. Press has published late 20th century innovators Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Kathleen Fraser, Barbara Guest, Myung Mi Kim and Erica Hunt. A partial list of contemporary artist-collaborations include the work of Kiki Smith, Alison Saar, Richard Tuttle and Anne Dunn.

Kelsey Street Press
50 Northgate Avenue
Berkeley, CA. 94708
Visit the Kelsey St. Press website:
Information about our subscriber program is available upon request.

O Books
5729 Clover Dr.
Oakland, CA. 94618

for a catalog, go to:
Editor, Leslie Scalapino
[See "In Print", for individual titles]

Outlet Magazine & Double Lucy Books

PO Box 9013

Berkeley CA 94709 USA

Outlet Magazine

Outlet publishes poetry, fiction and criticism, loosely centered around a common theme. Themes have so far included fairy tales, ornament, and weather/maps. Please visit our website to view excerpts from current & previous issues, which include work by Franklin Bruno, Norma Cole, Malcolm de Chazal, Brenda Iijima, Lily James, Tan Lin, Pamela Lu, Yedda Morrison, Laura Moriarty, Michelle Murphy, Stephen Ratcliffe, Camille Roy, Linda Russo, Jocelyn Saidenberg, and many others.

[Sample copies: $5/ea. Subscriptions: $10/yr (2 issues). Checks to E. Treadwell]

Outlet (4/5) Weathermap -- due out Fall '99 -- will include new poetry and prose by Norma Cole, Gwyn McVay, Christopher Reiner, Kathy Lou Schultz, Liz Waldner & many others, plus an interview with Kathleen Fraser and a history of women publishers at the Poetry Project, NYC.


Outlet (6) Stars

Astronomy, astrology, celebrity, catastrophe, destiny, romance, navigation, wishes, fortune-telling, constellations. The passage of time. Hemispheres, seasons. Prophecy, heaven. Leonardo da Vinci/di Caprio. Submission postmark period: January 1-February 15, 2000.

Replies by: April 15, 2000. The issue will appear during Summer, 2000.





Raddle Moon
Editors: Susan Clark

please send correspondence to:
        350 East Second Ave., #58
        Vancouver, BC V5T4R8



Rooms is a quarterly publication-by-contribution created to provide a forum
and a consistent means of communication among women writers and artists interested in formal and visual experimentation. The journal has no editor; the work published in each edition depends on what individual Roomates wish to contribute. Poetry, essays, fiction, non-fiction and visual work will be included.


For New Contributors:
Send a sample of your work, a letter introducing yourself, and SASE to the
address below.

For Ongoing Contributors:
Send fifty photocopies of your piece and $10 (in a cash, stamps, or a check
made out to Dale Going) for binding and mailing to:

Rooms c/o Sari Broner, PO Box 12955
Berkeley, CA 94712

The deadlines for 1999 will be the 15 of March, September and December.

Second Story Books
Mary Burger, editor

85 Henry Street, #5
San Francisco, CA 94114

Second Story Books publishes works which navigate a relationship between narrative and lyric, interrogating implications of verbal consciousness as event and invoking fugitive conditions of place, time and subjectivity.

Titles from Second Story Books:

Not Right Now, Renee Gladman
A Summer Newsreel, Brenda Coultas
The Television Documentary, Lauren Gudath (forthcoming)
Confusion Comix, Jaques Debrot (forthcoming)


A Journal of experimental poetry with an emphasis on work from the Pacific

Editor: Susan M. Schultz

47-391 Hui Iwa, #3
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Look for on-line issues featuring work by poets including: Lyn Hejinian,
Eileen Myles, Susan Geviritz, Mary Burger, Carolyn Lei-lanilau, Ron
Silliman, Elizabeth Treadwell, Bill Luoma, Yi Sha, Juliana Spahr and many

tripwire: ajournal of poetics
edited by Yedda Morrison & David Buuck

PO Box 420936
San Francisco, CA 94142

tripwire3: Gender

featuring work by: Diane Ward, Carla Harryman & Lyn Hejinian, Norma Cole, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Linda Russo, Kristin Prevallet, Kevin Killian, Elizabeth Robinson and many others.



Editor, Laura Moriarty

non, an electronic journal, emphasizes short essays, commentary, reviews, letters, journal extracts etc. and includes poetry and prose.

The next issue of non will be on the work of Leslie Scalapino. Future
issues of non are planned on song and on critical autobiography.

The headache non is the current issue. It includes writing in relation
to the usual writer and philosopher migraines, as well as work about or
generated by any on-going physical anguish.

Submissions and queries about submission are welcome.

An Invitation To Join A New Listserv About Women's Poetry:

The WOM-PO (Discussion of Women's Poetry) List is devoted to the
discussion of women poets of all periods, languages, aesthetics, and
ethnicities, and to their poetic and critical works.


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